Members of Congress are marking International Transgender Day of Visibility early, by placing trans pride flags outside their offices. The annual event occurs each year on March 31.
The flags were seen outside the offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Jennifer Wexton, among others, reports NBC News.
"Discrimination has no place in our society," Sanders said in a statement. "I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our communities."
Rep. Lori Trahan thanked the National Center for Transgender Equality for helping to "bring this visibility to the halls of Congress."
The group distributed the flags to every member of Congress and asked them to display them outside their offices "to show their support for the equality and dignity of the trans people in their district." The organization also tweeted that it would be retweeting images and videos of those displays.
"Transgender people are in every town, every city, and every district. We are woven into the fabric of American society and we are never going anywhere," Gillian Branstetter, a spokesperson for the National Center for Transgender Equality, said. "We wanted to make it clear to every member of Congress that we are their constituents and our rights can no longer be ignored."
"Transgender people are often told to hide ourselves from public life, whether it's before we leave the closet or after we come out and find ourselves judged for failing to conform to strict gender norms," Branstetter added. "But our visibility is also our greatest strength. By living our lives without fear or shame, we can change our workplaces, our communities, and even the halls of power.